Man arrested at Omaha airport over suspicious item
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Kentucky man has been arrested after authorities say a suspicious item believed to be a homemade firework was found in his luggage at a Nebraska airport.
Police say Gabriel Copley of Mount Sterling, Ky., faces a possession of a destructive device charge for the incident Saturday at Eppley Airfield in Omaha. The 20-year-old was being held at the Douglas County jail. It wasn't immediately known whether he had an attorney.
Omaha police officer Michael Pecha says Transportation Security Administration workers found the item during a routine screening and evacuated the airport's south terminal. A police bomb squad later took the item outside and destroyed it.
The FBI is helping investigate. Pecha says investigators believe Copley forgot the item was in his bag and didn't plan to harm anyone.